Title

Marital Quality as a Mechanism Linking Childhood Abuse to Mental Health

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2-2022

School

Psychology

Abstract

Childhood abuse has been widely associated with mental health problems in adulthood and marital quality may be one possible mediator. We examine marital quality as a mediator linking childhood abuse to positive affect, negative affect, emotionally reactivity, and aggression. Using data from Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS), results of structural equation modeling indicate that the indirect effects from childhood abuse to each of the mental health outcomes were significant. Marital quality may be a source of resilience among adults who were abused in childhood and could be a point of intervention for clinicians.

Publication Title

Journal of Family Issues

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